A Special Olympics national coaching camp for cycling is being held at the Mega Sports Complex Khelgaon, Ranchi. The camp is being organised from November 3 to November 8.
The camp was inaugurated on November 5 by State Disability Commissioner Satish Chandra at the premises. Speaking on the occasion, the Commissioner said that equal opportunities should be provided to this section of the society so that the athletes may grow and prove their ability.
About 136 athletes including 50 female and 86 male from Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Odisha, West Bengal and the host State are a part of the camp. The main focus of the camp is to train the athletes for the 2023 Special Olympics Summer Games to be held in Germany. SOB has granted independent authority to SOB Jharkhand to conduct the camp. The camp is being conducted under the guidance of Lakhan Hansada, International Special Olympics and National Trainer Coach and other state and national level cyclists.
Apart from regular cycling training, stress is also being given on physical fitness, agility, strength and stamina endurance.
At the camp, the athletes are provided accommodation at the residential dormitories of the Mega Sports Complex while practice sessions are also held in the premises. Melvin Clive, Senior Manager of Special Olympics is present as an observer for the camp while senior officials including Arun Datta, Uttam Kumar and Satnam Singh are responsible for the logistic arrangements.